The 18-year-old Nigerian Chiamaka Nnadozie has become the youngest goalkeeper to keep her clean sheets in a Women’s World Cup match, according to the popular OptaJoe football statistics page.
The Super Falcons earned their first win at the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over South Korea. Against the Republic of Korea, Nnadozie achieved her goal by showing an astonishing maturity and composure for a player of her age.
It was a second necessary victory for the Nigerian team, after a defeat against Norway in their first match. The goals against South Korea came from a self-goal and a magnificent show of speed and strength from 24-year-old Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala.
But there was another star of the match: Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
After defeat against Norway, Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby opted to replace goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi by new young player Chiamaka Nnadozie.
Nnadozie intensified his efforts and made significant stops during the match to keep the South Korean team at bay.
“I knew it would come. When I was younger, my coach kept telling me, ‘If you work hard, you’ll do it’. That’s what I did. Each time, I gave the best of myself to the training. Even when I was tired, I continued to excel, I was so happy to learn that after the game, for a girl my age, it’s hard to break a record. I felt very proud. I am very grateful to my defenders. They helped me a lot. Without them, I would never have arrived. I owe them that record, “she explains.
This 2-0 win puts the Super Falcons better prepared to face France, the defending champions in their last match of the group stage.
OptaJoe also noted that with its victory over South Korea, the Nigerian team became the first African team to win its second match in the group stage of a Women’s World Cup.
Congratulations to Nnadozie and the Super Falcons!